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May 21, 2016

'Brexit' in spotlight at G-7 meeting in Japan

Britain’s possible exit from the European Union took center stage at a Group of Seven (G-7) meeting in Japan on Saturday, as British Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) George Osborne warned a Brexit could doom trade deals with EU countries. The comments came ...

Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor

May 20, 2016

Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor

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Embattled Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Friday his expense reports will from now on undergo scrutiny by third-party lawyers. He is under fire for allegedly charging the cost of his five-star travel accommodations and artwork purchases to taxpayers. “I am now waiting for responses ...

May 20, 2016

Iran hopes quake-experienced Japan can help build nuclear plant

Iran expects Japan’s cooperation in its nuclear power plant construction, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said in Tokyo on Thursday. Iran, a country with as many earthquakes as Japan, needs Japan’s advanced nuclear plant construction technologies, Araghchi, a former ambassador to Japan, ...

May 20, 2016

Putin may visit in December, meet Abe in Yamaguchi

Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit Japan at the end of the year, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s home prefecture of Yamaguchi possibly the venue for talks between the Russian and Japanese leaders, several sources linked to Japan-Russia relations said Thursday. According to the ...